Today we’d like to introduce you to Tori Roxanne Harvin.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My creative journey with photography started back in 2012 while in my middle school’s TV production program. It was then I first realized the ability of storytelling through the lens of a camera. As time passed and I transitioned into different stages of my life, I lost touch with this newfound passion. It was not until my sophomore year of college that the camera and I were reunited. As a sophomore at Florida State University (FSU), I took on the role as Social Media Chair for the FSU Chapter of NAACP. Within this position, I was designated the task to create a promo video for our organization’s spirit week. With this in mind, I storyboarded, directed, and edited a series of works based on a beloved childhood Disney Channel show The Proud Family. Being in a position where I was once again behind the camera reminded me of that middle school girl who felt so fulfilled doing this kind of work. It was after that, I decided to purchase a camera and continue my story where I left off.
Within the past year and some months since picking up a camera again, I have been fortunate enough to be in many new spaces which have challenged me creatively. Starting off as a digital photographer/videographer, I have grown to also love analog photography and videography as well. My style of work is not limited to one medium, and I am continuing to learn the beauty of capturing different subjects with different types of camera bodies. As a 21 years old photographer/visual storyteller based in Miami, FL, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with various record labels and production companies to capture pivotal moments within the world of music and entertainment. Getting to shoot some of my favorite artists including Future, Lil Baby, and Kodak Black are moments I will never forget. As a vessel behind my camera, I aim in capturing moments in time that emphasize my love for music, entertainment, and streetwear. Some of my favorite projects thus far have been being able to work with local black-owned clothing brands in bringing to life a visual story for their brand.
My creative journey will continue to evolve, but along the way I aim in being authentically me. The joy I get from picking up my camera is one that is indescribable and pushes me to keep going. I am a student of the craft, so I am constantly learning new things about who I am along the way. As they say, a picture is worth more than a thousand words so my story is far from over.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Without struggle, there will never be room for growth. As a self-taught photographer, there have definitely been many obstacles along the way. Having to teach myself the basics of photography was not a walk in the park and Youtube has been my best friend throughout my journey thus far. It is humbling to see where I started when I first seriously picked up a camera about a year and a half ago to now. But aside from the technicalities that are involved with getting the “perfect” shot, it is much more to it than that. You need to love what you’re doing and shooting, and that will always show through your work whether or not you have mastered the technical components. Aside from being self-taught, photography has not been a cheap hobby. Funding this passion of mine took time and hard work. For a while, I worked a part-time job to help fund the gear I am currently using. I am thankful to have been able to afford my dream camera about a year into my photography career.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
In my current phase of photography, I have been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work for various music video sets and concerts. I shoot both digital and analog work, so there is a mixture of all types of content on my page and within portfolio. I think the most surreal experience for me so far is getting to meet Future while working on set with him; that is something I will never forget. I just recently was able to shoot Gunna, so I am excited to get that content out very soon! I think the work I am most proud of was a recap video I shot on VHS while at Rolling Loud. There is nothing like shooting a video on a VHS tape, no filter can recreate the grittiness and authenticity that VHS videos have. As I continue to grow within my career of digital content, I would definitely like to take on more editorial pieces. Getting to be my own Creative Director for my shoots is the whole reason I picked up a camera in the first place. I definitely want to continue making my mark within the world of music photography while also building up my portfolio for major brands and magazines.
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Life is all about taking risks, and I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve had so far without taking on risks. I think the biggest risk I can think of taking is deciding to purchase a camera in the first place and putting myself out there. It can definitely be scary reaching out to people to shoot when first picking up a camera. I definitely encountered this problem for a while when I first started. You come to realize though, there are so many people who want to see you succeed and grow so you just need to learn to not be afraid to ask. The worst thing they could say is “no.”
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- Website: https://shotzthatkill.myportfolio.com/
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Tori Harvin (@shotzthatkill)